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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners reappointed the county’s N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature representatives upon Ashe Services for Aging Director Patricia Calloway’s recommendation during the board’s regular meeting in the county courthouse at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Farmers Market Manager received a $3,000 raise for the 2019 market season from the county board of commissioners during its regular meeting in the courthouse at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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JEFFERSON — One month after the United States government shutdown began, its effects weighed on the Ashe County Commissioners during their regular board meeting in the county courthouse at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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ASHE COUNTY — A dismal, rainy Saturday turned to a bone-chilling, windy Sunday, with rainwater turning to ice as an arctic front invaded Ashe County, dropping temperatures into single digits Sunday and Monday, Jan. 20 and 21, according to the National Weather Service.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Adjustments met Monday, Jan. 21, at the West Jefferson Town Hall to hear a presentation from Wilkes Community College about the upcoming construction of its new Ashe campus building. The board ran into a problem however, when three members were un…

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ASHE COUNTY — Damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph, dangerous wind chills and accumulating snow are listed as hazards in a high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service, effective from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, January 21.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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LAUREL SPRINGS — Emergency responders were called to a fire at 7146 Highway 88 in Laurel Springs Friday, Jan. 18. No one was injured in the blaze.

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BOONE — Janet Zeller, founder of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, died at Watauga Medical Center Monday, Jan. 14, leaving a legacy of environmental stewardship and democracy, social justice and community empowerment, according to those close to her. She was 70.

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ASHE COUNTY — A National Weather Service winter weather advisory is in effect over Ashe County from 1 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

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For the first time in eight years, the West Jefferson Police Department underwent a leadership change after former Chief of Police Jeff Rose’s retirement Jan. 3. In the wake of Rose’s retirement, 13-year WJPD stalwart Brad Jordan was given the interim title and has since been working on fixi…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Due to a new federal rule — the Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule — hospitals around the country, including Ashe Memorial Hospital, are now required to post an online list of prices for all provided services.

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ASHE COUNTY — The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook to northwest North Carolina ahead of a potential flash freeze Sunday, Jan. 20.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Ashe County Courthouse, where more than 200 charges were seen. Duane E. Danner Jr., Charles A. Dishman, Jannie L. Dixon, Joseph T. Green II, Daniel L. Grubb, Joey L. Hamm, William P. Maxwell, Jessica L. Rutherford, and…

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees handed out year-end awards during their Jan. 10 meeting at the John A. Walker Center.

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ASHE COUNTY — Ice-laden branches drooped low the morning of Sunday, Jan. 13, after a wintry mix blasted the High Country overnight, downing trees and leaving more than 400 households without power in Ashe County.

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LANSING — An interactive Creeper Trail Park map was presented to the Lansing Board of Aldermen by High Country Council of Governments Regional Planner Cory Osborne during the town’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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ASHE COUNTY — Freezing drizzle and refreezing ice is expected overnight Monday, Jan. 14, according to the National Weather Service.

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ASHE COUNTY — Excepting the landfill and convenience sites, Ashe County government offices will close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 21, according to Acting Ashe County Manager Adam Stumb.

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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Planning Board is still seeking a fifth member to fill the seat left vacant after Gene Hafer resigned in August 2018.

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ASHE COUNTY — Blue Ridge Energy line technicians are restoring power for a few members without power as of 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, after an ice storm hit the High Country late Saturday evening.

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WEST JEFFERSON — After almost four years of construction, four lanes of U.S. 221 are open to traffic along four miles of the widening highway.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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ASHE COUNTY — Unleaded gas prices dropped below $2 per gallon at gas stations around Ashe County the first week of January, despite a 2019 increase on the North Carolina motor fuels tax rate.

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JEFFERSON —After a number of students were bugged by a head-itching nuisance in the later parts of 2018, Ashe County Schools has taken action to handle to problem.

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WEST JEFFERSON — West Jefferson Chief of Police Jeff Rose retired from his post Thursday, Jan. 3, after eight years with the West Jefferson Police Department.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Ashe County Courthouse, where more than 100 charges were heard. Anthony S. Anderson, Kimberly L. Edwards, Joey L. Hamm, William J. McCoy and Lindsay E. Milam were among those whose cases were seen.

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BOONE — Influenza has been on a steady rise ahead of the standard peak season in January and February, although nothing is for certain until more data comes in.

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ASHE COUNTY — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning, effective 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 until 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

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ASHE COUNTY — Not much will change in terms of state economic assistance now that Ashe has risen from tier one to tier two on the North Carolina county development tier ranking system, according to Ashe County Director of Economic Development Cathy Barr.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to approve new ordinances regarding signage in downtown West Jefferson at its January meeting Monday, Jan. 7 after hearing from local business owners and representatives. The text amendments were drafted by the West Jeff…

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Rescue Squad received a voluntary annexation from the Town of West Jefferson at the West Jefferson Aldermen meeting Monday, Jan. 7. The ACRS were seeking annexation so they could connect their building to the town’s water system.

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JEFFERSON — During its first meeting of 2019, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners discussed county expenses, did away with a building fee, appointed people to local oversight boards and donated a 2009 Ford Explorer to the Ashe Memorial Hospital Police Department.

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JEFFERSON — Former West Jefferson-based attorney Andrew C. Jackson Jr. was issued 57 additional charges of misuse of a photographic device on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, according to court documents and the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson is already facing two charges of misuse of a photogr…

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ASHE COUNTY — Gusts expected to reach as high as 55 mph have caused the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory to Ashe County Saturday, Jan. 4 from 1 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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JEFFERSON — Ralph E. Smith III, 41, and Amanda E. Smith, 36, of West Jefferson made their fist appearance in Ashe County District Court Thursday, Jan. 3. Their cases were continued to Jan. 31.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.